Newly Acquired Brad Mills ‘Serious Candidate’ To Replace Drew Pomeranz in Oakland Athletics Rotation

Manager Bob Melvin used just one word to describe the conversation he had with Drew Pomeranz after the left-hander decided to use a chair as a punching bag on Monday night.

“Private.”

The Oakland Athletics placed Pomeranz on the DL on Tuesday with a fractured right hand and recalled Evan Scribner from Triple-A to take the lefty’s roster spot. Melvin clearly was not happy with the turn of events surrounding Pomeranz’s injury.

“It is disappointing, it affects how we go about our business here.”

The immediate business in the wake of Pomeranz’s incident with the chair was to acquire left-hander Brad Mills from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations. The 29-year-old was 4-2 with a 1.56 ERA in 14 appearances in Triple-A.

Melvin described Mills as a “serious candidate” to take over for Pomeranz in the club’s rotation. The manger also listed Dan Straily, Josh Lindbloom and Arnold Leon as potential internal replacements.

Melvin didn’t offer a specific time line when asked just how long Pomeranz could be shelved.

“Really don’t [know]. He’s going to try and keep his arm in shape, but not really sure how long it’s going to be. I think probably have a better idea when the doctors come in today.”

“I mean a guy who’s done really well for us. He feels horrible about it. I know it wasn’t intentional, it was out of frustration. But you’ve also got to realize there are ramifications when you do something like that and he’s realizing that right now.”